Hibbit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hibbit is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes from the Norman personal name Hildebert, which is composed of the Germanic elements hild, which meant battle or strife, and berht, which meant bright or famous. One of the first records of the name was Hygbert, the Anglo-Saxon bishop of Lichfield. 
Early Origins of the Hibbit family
The surname Hibbit was first found in Cheshire where the Hibberts of Marple and Boirtles claim descent from Paganus Hubert, who accompanied King Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheart) in the Crusade of 1190. 
The Hibberts of Marples and Birtles in Cheshire claim descent from Hubert of Curzon in Calvados, a Norman noble who was granted land in Cheshire and Nottingham.
Early History of the Hibbit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hibbit research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1775, 1783, 1629, 1600, 1678, 1600, 1618, 1622, 1757, 1837, 1770, 1849 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Hibbit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hibbit Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hibbert, Hibart, Hibbard, Hibbart, Hibbet, Hibbets, Hibbett, Hibbotts, Hubert, Hubbert, Hubbard and many more.
Early Notables of the Hibbit family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Francis Hubert (d. 1629), English poet, probably son of Edward Hubert, one of the six clerks in chancery. 
Henry Hibbert (1600?-1678), English divine, born in Cheshire about 1600. In 1618 he...
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Migration of the Hibbit family to Ireland
Some of the Hibbit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hibbit family
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hibbit or a variant listed above: John Hibbitt who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868; Catherine Hibbotts settled in Virginia in 1635; Daniel Hibbart settled in Philadelphia in 1856.
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The Hibbit Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fidem rectumque colendo
Motto Translation: By cultivating fidelity and rectitude.
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print